Tom Izzo discusses Michigan State’s 86-77 win over Ohio State on Jan. 5, 2019. “We won the game because of Nick and Cassius.”
Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Michigan State captain Joshua Langford sat out his second straight game with a left ankle injury Saturday at Ohio State.
The junior guard could be out longer. Or not.
Langford visited a foot specialist Thursday afternoon and received an encouraging prognosis, according to a team spokesman. Coach Tom Izzo said on his pregame radio show that Langford will still need to miss “a little bit of time” for rest and recovery.
“The only update I have is the future is a lot brighter than it was,” Izzo said after No. 8 MSU’s 86-77 win over No. 14 OSU. “It’s not a stress fracture, because it’s not in that area. It didn’t seem to be any break or anything. But those things and where it was, it could be a very long time or not.”
Langford’s left foot remained in a walking boot during warmups. The 6-foot-5 junior is averaging 15 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game while shooting 44.3 percent.
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Redshirt junior Kyle Ahrens scored nine points on Saturday in his second straight start in place of Langford. Wednesday’s win over Northwestern was the first game Langford had missed as a Spartan, snapping his streaks of 83 straight games and 73 consecutive starts going back to the 2016-17 season.
“In the next two weeks, we should have a clearer idea of whether he responds to a little treatment or whether he doesn’t,” Izzo said. “I feel a little more comfortable today that he’s gonna respond to that treatment. But I also feel he’s gonna miss a little time yet.”
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